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Vegan Split Pea Soup in the Instant Pot

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This Vegan Split Pea Soup is a hearty meal that cooks up quickly in your Instant Pot. It’s filled with vegetables, fiber, and tasty seasonings to create a cozy recipe you’re whole family will love!

Bowl of Split Pea Soup in front of Instant Pot.

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What’s more comforting than a bowl of hot soup? Whether it’s Potato Kale Soup, Vegetable Soup, or this delicious Vegan Split Pea soup, there’s nothing better to warm you up on a cool day.

You won’t miss the ham in this split pea soup recipe. I’ve added the smoky flavor with smoked paprika (or liquid smoke, if you prefer).

This soup is thick and creamy, filled with nutritious ingredients, and so delicious! My husband says it’s the best split pea soup he’s eaten.

This instant pot versions cooks up so quickly. With the pressure cooker, you can have this soup on the table within an hour! A perfect option for a busy night!

What are split peas?

Split peas area member of the legume family. They are a dried field pea with the outer skin removed. They are then split in half. Split peas are easy to find in the beans section in your grocery store, and are often found in convenient one pound bags – exactly how much you need for this soup!


Ingredients for vegan split pea soup
  • Split peas – I used green split peas in this soup, but yellow would also work. Split peas are sold in the bean section in your store and can be purchased in one pound bags.
  • Vegetables – onion, carrot, celery, potato, and garlic
  • Vegetable broth – you can purchase broth in a can or carton, use homemade broth, or make broth from water and bouillon cubes, paste, or powder
  • Seasonings – bay leaf, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper
  • Smoked paprika or liquid smoke – to give the smoky flavor that comes from ham in non-vegan split pea soup.

How to make vegan split pea soup in the Instant Pot

Step 1: Begin by sorting and rinsing your split peas. Sometimes there can be small bits of rock in the bag of split peas, and it’s also good to rinse off any dust.

Step 2: Saute the onions, carrots, and celery in your Instant Pot on the Saute setting. You can add a small amount of water or vegetable broth if the vegetables begin to stick to the pot. Deglazing the pot with this liquid adds a nice depth of flavor from the browned vegetables.

Step 3: When the onions are soft and translucent, add the garlic to the pot and continue to saute the vegetables and garlic for about 2 more minutes.

Step 4: Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Switch the setting to Manual, and set the pot to cook for 10 minutes. After the 10 minute cooking time has ended, allow the pressure to come down naturally.

Step 5: Open the pot and stir to combine.

Cooked split pea soup in Instant Pot

What to serve with vegan split pea soup

This soup has a good balance of protein, fiber, and vegetable nutrients, but I like to round out my meal with a good salad like my Vegan Caesar Salad or Vegan Coleslaw. Some hearty Multigrain Bread is also a nice accompaniment for the soup, or perhaps some Vegan Corn Muffins.

Frequently asked questions

How many cups is in one pound of split peas?

A pound of split peas is approximately 2 cups.

How do I store leftover split pea soup?

Leftover soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. For longer storage, the soup can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

It is not necessary to soak split peas. They cook more quickly than other beans (only 10 minutes in the Instant Pot!), and break down making a nice creamy soup.

For more delicious soup recipes see:

And for even more easy Instant Pot recipes, see my roundup of 25+ Vegan Instant Pot Recipes.

Two bowls of split pea soup in front of Instant pot and cup of split peas

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Two bowls of split pea soup on green hapkin in front of split pea soup

Split Pea Soup

Teresa Sklenicka
This vegan split pea soup is hearty meal that cooks up quickly in your Instant Pot. It's filled with vegetables, fiber, and tasty seasonings to create a cozy recipe you're whole family will love!
4.47 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 203.4 kcal


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 3 celery ribs diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound dried split peas rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Sauté the onion, carrots, and celery in the Instant Pot on the Sauté setting, until the onions are translucent. Use a bit of water to deglaze the pot if the vegetables start to stick.
  • Add the garlic and continue sautéing for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and cook on the Manual setting for 10 minutes with a natural pressure release.
  • Open the pot, stir, and enjoy!


Calories: 203.4kcalCarbohydrates: 41.1gProtein: 9.7gFat: 0.6gSodium: 672.4mgFiber: 12.8gSugar: 6.1gVitamin A: 4017.66IUVitamin C: 9.81mgCalcium: 67.34mgIron: 2.14mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Oil Free, Soup, Vegan
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By on November 14th, 2021

About Teresa Sklenicka

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13 thoughts on “Vegan Split Pea Soup in the Instant Pot”

  1. The recipe looks great, but you might want to correct the name of the soup on the recipe card. Spit Pea sounds much less appetizing than the soup really is. ????

  2. 5 stars
    This is a tasty wonderful healthy recipe , but I’m really dislike the Insta pot and yes I had one, I’m not a fan as I like adding to more seasonings to recipes, I do not always measure. Plus I find the insta pot is even more work, and I Love my Cookware as I think
    My food taste better cooked in it, and is healthier.

    Why don’t you give alternatives to putting recipes on a stove top, it would help us stove top people.
    Thanks for your tasty recipes.
    Please try them in a regular pot????????Also ????.

  3. I made this recipe last night for dinner. I followed it to the letter in every detail from how to cut the vegetables, which spices to add, and instant pot cooking time. And it wasn’t good….it was PERFECT!!! The peas were creamy, the vegetables were cooked but retained their texture, and the seasonings were just right. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Teresa. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  4. 5 stars
    Sounds dee-lish, but is it possible to use this recipe for a non-Instant Pot version?
    Those of us whose mothers decorated the ceilings of their kitchens with many pressure cooker meals are very reluctant to buy this new incarnation.

    • You can cook this on the stove top or in a slow cooker. I haven’t done that, so I don’t have the exact cooking time to give you. I understand the hesitancy to buy a pressure cooker, but the Instant Pot has several safety feature to prevent the decorated ceiling. Much safer than the old pressure cookers our mothers used.

    • Thanks Teresa!
      I’ll see what develops for a stove top version. The original recipe sounds so good, it’s bound to come out well with a little experimentation on the cooking side. Happy Thanksgiving!


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